11 Oct

Japanese Film Series (November 20): Your Name / 君の名は。(2016)

Your Name / 君の名は。(2016)

Directed by: Makoto Shinkai

Run Time: 106 minutes

From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.

When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, it dawns on them. They want something more from this connection—a chance to meet, an opportunity to truly know each other. Tugging at the string of fate, they try to find a way to each other. But distance isn’t the only thing keeping them apart. Is their bond strong enough to face the cruel irony of time? Or is their meeting nothing more than a wish upon the stars?

Location and time: Weiss 235 (free admission)

Date and time: Monday, November 20. 7-9 pm

10 Oct

French Film Series (November 29th): À la folie… pas du tout / He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not

À la folie… pas du tout / He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not

Directed by Laetitia Colombani, 2003

Angélique, an art student, falls in love with a married doctor and attempts to persuade him to leave his wife. When seen from the doctor’s perspective, however, things are not as they initially seemed.

Location and time: Stafford Auditorium (Rector) at 7pm

Date: Wednesday, November 29th

10 Oct

French Film Series (November 8th): OSS 117 : Le Caire, nid d’espions / OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

OSS 117 : Le Caire, nid d’espions / OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, 2006

In this spy comedy film, Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath (secret agent OSS 117) goes to Cairo in 1955 to investigate the disappearance of his friend Jack Jefferson, another agent, and a Soviet cargo ship.

Location and time: Stafford Auditorium (Rector) at 7pm

Date: Wednesday, November 8th

10 Oct

French Film Series (October 11th): Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis / Welcome to the Sticks

Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis / Welcome to the Sticks

Directed by Dany Boon, 2008

The manager of the postal service in Provence wants to move to the sunny seaside but is instead sent by the management to northern France for two years. He moves north without his family, unhappy at the prospect of living in this inhospitable place. But, he is surprised to discover that it is better than he had imagined.

Location and time: Stafford Auditorium (Rector) at 7pm

Date: Wednesday, October 11th

09 Oct

Japanese Film Series (October 30): Sway / ゆれる (2006)

Sway / ゆれる (2006)

Directed by: Miwa Nishikawa

Run time: 112 minutes

On the anniversary of the death of the mother of a hip and happening Tokyo-based photographer, the son returns to his hometown for the funeral. What follows is a return to the past that is more than just a trek home. Old relationships, love, conflicts and memories resurface and collide. Apparently, old perspectives don’t wither.

Location and time: Weiss 235 (free admission)

Date and time: Monday, October 30. 7-9 pm